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The Wave Theory of Difference and Similarity

1st Edition

By Stephen W. Link

Routledge

390 pages

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pub: 2019-08-09
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Description

Two experimental procedures have prompted the empirical development of psychophysical models: those that measure response frequency, often referred to as response probability; and those that measure response time, sometimes referred to as reaction time. The history of psychophysics is filled with theories that predict one or the other of these two responses. Yet the persistent reappearance of empirical relationships between these two measures of performance makes clear the need for a theory that both predicts and relates these two measures. Most likely, both response measures are the result of a single process that generates empirical laws relating response time and response probability. It is this process — its theory, description, and application — that is the topic of The Wave Theory of Difference and Similarity. Originally published in 1992, the author of this book has set out to provide a theoretical foundation for formulating new theories that systematize earlier results and to stimulate new concepts and introduce new tools for exploring mental phenomena and improving mental measurement.

Table of Contents

Preface. Part 1: Psychophysical Origins of Difference and Similarity 1. The Elements 2. Challenges and Extensions 3. The Origin of the Psychometric Function 4. The Law of Comparative Judgment 5. Equality and Affective Value 6. The Psychological Ideal 7. Discrimination and Response Bias 8. Discrimination and Response Strategy. Summary. Part 2: Wave Theory 9. Wave Discrimination Theory 10. Response Probabilities and Response Times 11. Response Bias 12. A New Theory of Variability 13. A Theory of Sensation 14. Discriminability and Responsiveness 15. A Theory of Feeling 16. Bias, Responsiveness, and Strategy 17. Wave Similarity Theory. Apendices A, B, C. References. Author Index. Subject Index.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY000000
PSYCHOLOGY / General